How to Change Font Size in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps you can take to increase the font or text size in Ubuntu Linux.

The default font size that comes in Ubuntu Linux is usually good for majority of people who us it. But for some small group, it might be too small, and not helpful especially for people with poor vision.

With the use of wide screens and higher resolutions, it can be difficult to see clearly across bigger areas of the screen, or even double screens.

If you have difficulty reading on your screen in Ubuntu Linux, you can easily change the font size so you can enjoy reading. In some cases, the font becomes too small to see clearly, and increasing it will allow you to read without straining your eyes.

The steps below will show you how to increase the font size in Ubuntu Linux.

How to increase font size in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, if the font size is small and you have difficulties reading, you can increase the size so you can enjoy reading.

Below is how to do that.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Accessibility tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Privacy -> Accessibility setting pane, under Seeing, toggle the Large Text switch to the On to increase the text size in Ubuntu Linux.

To restore the default size, switch the Large Text switch to Off.

Ubuntu fonts and text size should automatically increase after the actions above.  Large Text will scale the text by 1.2 times.

In many applications, you can increase the text size at any time by pressing CTRL + +. To reduce the text size, press CTRL + –.

How to increase font size in Ubuntu Linux from the command terminal

Then same actions above can be done via the command line. To change the text size by the scaling-factor of 1.5 times, you run the commands below.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-factor 1.5

After this, the font size in Ubuntu Linux should be much larger than the default. More advanced methods may be possible in Ubuntu Linux; however, the steps above should be enough to increase the font size.

That should do it!


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